Cancer lodges get makeover

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A Wick­ham res­i­dent re­ceiv­ing treat­ment for a brain tumour has wel­comed an ex­pan­sion of Perth ac­com­mo­da­tion for re­gional WA cancer pa­tients.

Large-scale ren­o­va­tions are cur­rently be­ing un­der­taken at the the Cancer Coun­cil WA’s Craw­ford Lodge in Ned­lands and Mil­roy Lodge in Shen­ton Park, which house pa­tients from re­gional WA need­ing to tem­po­rar­ily stay in the city for hospi­tal treat­ment.

The up­graded lodges are ex­pected to ac­com­mo­date an ex­tra 300 cancer pa­tients in Perth each year and re­duce treat­ment wait­ing times when they are com­pleted in in sev­eral months’ time.

One of its guests is Wick­ham res­i­dent Leah Russell, who has vis­ited Craw­ford Lodge many times with her part­ner Wade and son Seth since be­ing diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015.

She said hav­ing ac­cess to the Cancer Coun­cil ac­com­mo­da­tion was invaluable for coun­try pa­tients.

“With­out this place, my treat­ment in Perth would not be pos­si­ble,” she said.

“It re­ally is a ‘home away from home’ where you feel like you are part of a fam­ily.

“Craw­ford Lodge is bril­liant and I know a lot of peo­ple would strug­gle with­out it.”

The $1.9 mil­lion re­fur­bish­ments will see the cre­ation of six new guest rooms, new kitchen and laun­dry fa­cil­i­ties and a fam­ily unit at Craw­ford, and an­other three guest rooms at Mil­roy.

Works have been funded by a $1.5 mil­lion Lot­tery­west grant, $300,000 of fundrais­ing from Dry July and a series of pri­vate dona­tions.

Cancer Coun­cil WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Ash­ley Reid said the ex­pan­sions had been car­ried out in re­sponse to grow­ing wait­ing lists for ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“I am de­lighted to an­nounce this ex­pan­sion be­cause we know these fa­cil­i­ties are highly val­ued by our guests,” he said.

Craw­ford and Mil­roy lodges ac­com­mo­dated 5000 peo­ple from across WA last fi­nan­cial year.

Ren­o­va­tion works are ex­pected to be fin­ished by early Septem­ber.

Pic­ture: Cancer Coun­cil WA

Wick­ham res­i­dent Leah Russell, cen­tre, out­side the un­der-ren­o­va­tion Craw­ford Lodge with her part­ner Wade, son Seth, and Cancer Coun­cil WA staff Sandy McKier­nan and Ash­ley Reid.

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